NASA hacker Gary McKinnon denied UK trial – CPS refuses to bring charges

Graham Cluley

NASA hacker Gary McKinnon is a step closer to extradition to the United States, following a decision by the British Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to refuse to bring charges against him.

42-year-old McKinnon was arrested in 2002 after allegedly hacking into computers belonging to the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force, Department of Defense and NASA. The hacker from North London claims that he broke into the networks only to uncover confidential information about anti-gravity propulsion systems and extraterrestrial technology which he believed the authorities were hiding from the public.

For their part, the US authorities have claimed that McKinnon caused nearly a million dollars worth of damage, shutting down systems responsible for tracking the location of naval ships, and protecting Washington DC.

McKinnon’s many supporters had their hopes raised last month, when it was revealed…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.